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Eto’o backs Cameroon to win World Cup as England’s James is ruled out

Cameroon Football Federation president Samuel Eto’o has sensationally claimed that his country can win the Qatar 2022 World Cup, which kicks off on November 20.

Although no African team has even won the most prestigious sports trophy on earth, Eto’o is tipping two countries from the continent to reach the final in Doha on December 18.

“Africa has always had the potential to achieve a successful World Cup, but we haven’t always shown our best face up to now,” the former Cameroon and Barcelona striker told ESPN today.

“During the years, African teams have acquired more and more experience, I think they’re ready not only to participate in a World Cup, but also to win it. Cameroon will win the World Cup final against Morocco.”

Eto’o, who scored 56 goals in 118 appearances for the Indomitable Lions from 1997 to 2014, has even drawn up an imaginary path of how Cameroon and Morocco will get to the final.

According to Eto’o, Morocco will knock out heavyweights Spain, Portugal and defending champions France while Cameroon will see off Belgium and Senegal in the quarter-final and semi-final respectively to progress.

“It would be a dream come true,” Eto’o said. “For any player, winning titles is the ultimate goal.

“As president of our federation, I would love to see Cameroon win the World Cup.”

Eto’o believes that the Lions, who reached the World Cup quarter-finals in 1990, should take inspiration from the Inter Milan side he played in, who defied the odds to beat Barcelona and Bayern Munich to win the 2010 Champions League under Jose Mourinho.

“I don’t see why we can’t win,” he told FIFA. “I believe that to win the World Cup you don’t need to be monsters or aliens, you just need good preparation, a strong mentality, and a pinch of madness.”

Cameroon are one of Africa’s five representatives in Qatar, with Morocco, Senegal, Tunisia and Ghana joining them.

The farthest any African team has ever reached in the World Cup is the quarter-finals, with Cameroon (1990), Senegal (2002) and Ghana (2010) the only teams from the continent to advance to that stage.

Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that Chelsea defender Reece James will not make it to the World Cup for England.

James has been battling with injury but he recently stated that he was confident of being fit in time for the global tournament.

However, it was announced today by the FA and the player himself that he would not be on the plane to Qatar.

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